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A People's History of the United States: 1492-Present (P.S.)

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While some of the revelations contained within this classic by Howard Zinn have become familiar since the nearly 35 years after it was published (thanks in part to this book), it is to this day an astonishing and eye-opening read. Several revisions later, it remains a seminal work, in stark contrast to the whitewashed (pun intended) American history most of us learned by rote in school. It's regretful with Zinn's passing in 2010 that new revisions have ceased for future generations to discover.
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Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of — and in the words of — America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, working poor, and immigrant laborers.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.

Review:

"[A] classic of revisionist American history....Zinn's work is an vital corrective to triumphalist accounts, but his uncompromising radicalism shades, at times, into cynicism." Publishers Weekly

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"Professor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history, and his text is studded with telling quotations from labor leaders, war resisters and fugitive slaves." Eric Foner, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"One of the most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading....It's a wonderful, splendid book — a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future." Howard Fast, author of Spartacus and The Immigrants

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Library Journal calls Howard Zinn's iconic A People's History of the United States "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those...whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories." Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn's award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered. Frequent appearances in popular media such as The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Good Will Hunting, and the History Channel documentary The People Speak testify to Zinn's ability to bridge the generation gap with enduring insights into the birth, development, and destiny of the nation.

About the Author

Howard Zinn (1922-2010) was a historian, playwright, and social activist. His many books include A People's History of the United States, which has sold more than two million copies.

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Craig Ensz, September 5, 2014 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
After 35 years as a high school teacher of American History and a historian of the American Civil War, I found Howard Zinn's book provocative, somewhat controversial, innovative in thought and interpretation, and a fresh look at America's history. Some might say he paints a picture based on revisionism, while others might say it is 'truth' of a long disguised America.
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Kristina Mageau, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by Kristina Mageau)
Most excellent, this book thoroughly describes history in the United States, with special attention paid to the groups that most historical books prefer to ignore.
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odijooonpurpose, April 12, 2012 (view all comments by odijooonpurpose)
everyone who lives in the US should read this one!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060838652
Subtitle:
1492-Present (P.S.)
Author:
Zinn, Howard
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
General History
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
P.S. ed.
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
August 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
7.94x5.36x1.33 in. 1.38 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

While some of the revelations contained within this classic by Howard Zinn have become familiar since the nearly 35 years after it was published (thanks in part to this book), it is to this day an astonishing and eye-opening read. Several revisions later, it remains a seminal work, in stark contrast to the whitewashed (pun intended) American history most of us learned by rote in school. It's regretful with Zinn's passing in 2010 that new revisions have ceased for future generations to discover.

"Review" by , "[A] classic of revisionist American history....Zinn's work is an vital corrective to triumphalist accounts, but his uncompromising radicalism shades, at times, into cynicism."
"Review" by , "Professor Zinn writes with an enthusiasm rarely encountered in the leaden prose of academic history, and his text is studded with telling quotations from labor leaders, war resisters and fugitive slaves."
"Review" by , "One of the most important books I have ever read in a long life of reading....It's a wonderful, splendid book — a book that should be read by every American, student or otherwise, who wants to understand his country, its true history, and its hope for the future."
"Synopsis" by , Library Journal calls Howard Zinn's iconic A People's History of the United States "a brilliant and moving history of the American people from the point of view of those...whose plight has been largely omitted from most histories." Packed with vivid details and telling quotations, Zinn's award-winning classic continues to revolutionize the way American history is taught and remembered. Frequent appearances in popular media such as The Sopranos, The Simpsons, Good Will Hunting, and the History Channel documentary The People Speak testify to Zinn's ability to bridge the generation gap with enduring insights into the birth, development, and destiny of the nation.
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